Sunday afternoon action for Ireland candidates...20/04/2014
The Everton trio of Seamus Coleman, James McCarthy and Aiden McGeady will be aiming to lift spirits following their midweek defeat at home to Crystal Palace when Manchester United and former manager David Moyes come to Goodison Park on Sunday afternoon. Another trio, Shane Long, David Meyler and Stephen Quinn are in the Hull City squad which hosts Arsenal in a rehearsal of next month's FA Cup final. Relegation fears haunt Norwich City duo Wes Hoolihan and Anthony Pilkington, which the visit of title chasing Liverpool will do little to abate.
Easter Saturday afternoon Premiership action...19/04/2014
The meeting of West Ham United and Crystal Palace, saw long term injury absentee Joey O'Brien return to the substitute bench with the hosts, while fellow defender Damian Delaney as expected, was in the visiting defence as they secured a one nil victory. Ciaran Clark was an unused substitute for Aston Villa in their scoreless draw with visitors Southampton while fellow centre back John O'Shea starts for beleaguered Sunderland in the late kick-off against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge. The Stoke City trio of Stephen Ireland, Glenn Whelan and Marc Wilson all started while Jon Walters was an unused substitute in their one all draw at Cardiff City.
Reading Irish delight in Under 21 League Cup Final...19/04/2014
Second leg hosts Reading, with four Irish teenagers in their starting eleven, lifted the inaugural Under 21 League Cup with a two nil victory over Manchester City in the Madejski Stadium this afternoon, for an aggregate four three success. The Premiership club held a three two lead from the first leg but, despite the best efforts of goalkeeper Ian Lawlor, were unable to contain a vibrant Reading, who were skippered by former Bray Wanderers centre back Pierce Sweeney. Defenders Shane Griffin and Sean Long together with midfielder Liam Kelly were all in the starting eleven.
Championship mini programme with Irish challengers...18/04/2014
Irish players were involved in the majority of the Championship contests played on this Good Friday. Most Irish international interest may have focussed on the meeting of Doncaster Rovers and Derby County, where Richard Keogh started, while Jeff Hendrick was a late substitute for the visitors who won two nil. Wigan Athletic defeated Reading by three goals to nil at the DW Stadium, where James McClean, excluded from last weekend's FA Cup semi-final squad, together with the emerging Rob Kiernan, were both unused substitutes. The visiting 'Royals' had Alex Pearce in their side while Stephen Kelly was not in the matchday squad.
Airtricity League series eight completed on Good Friday...18/04/2014
There was a full Airtricity League Premier Division programme played today, Good Friday, with Bray Wanderers setting the wheels in motion when they played out a scoreless draw with visitors Derry City. High flying Cork City defeated Drogheda United by three goals to one in Turner's Cross while Dundalk were held to a two all draw by Shamrock Rovers in Oriel Park. Limerick defeated bottom side Athlone Town by two goals to one in Thomond Park and St Patrick's Athletic enjoyed a three one success over local rivals Bohemian in Richmond Park. The final contest saw Sligo Rovers score a five nil victory against UCD in the Showgrounds.
Fourth place contest enters the final straight...16/04/2014
The contest between Arsenal and Everton for fourth place in the Premiership, the gateway to the Champions League, continued on Tuesday evening when the 'Gunners' defeated West Ham United by three goals to one at the Emirates Stadium. The victory restored them to fourth place, one point above Everton who missed the opportunity to reclaim that crucial slot when they lost by three goals to two at home to Crystal Palace this evening. The 'Toffees' had Seamus Coleman and Aiden McGeady in their starting eleven while James McCarthy replaced his fellow Glaswegian on the hour mark. Meanwhile Darron Gibson has made an early return to training and may well be available for the closing stages of the season. Visitors Crystal Palace had the hugely consistent Damian Delaney in their starting eleven. At the foot of the table, Sunderland and John O'Shea stunned Manchester City when they achieved a two all draw at the Etihad Stadium, but they remain in serious trouble at the foot of the table.
Oriel Park hosts second Setanta Sports Cup semi-final...15/04/2014
The second leg in the second semi-final of the 2014 Setanta Sports Cup took place in Oriel Park, this evening, when Dundalk, holding a two one lead from the first leg, defeated Shamrock Rovers one nil to progress to the final, where they will face Sligo Rovers on the 10th May 10th.
Championship hopefuls meet at the Madejski Stadium...14/04/2014
Faltering Reading went a little way towards restoring their Championship promotion hopes, via the play-offs, when the already promoted and champions elect, Leicester City, were held to a one all draw at the Madejski Stadium this evening. Defender Alex Pearce scored the Reading goal but Stephen Kelly was an unused substitute.
Setanta Sports Cup second leg in Inchicore tonight...14/04/2014
The second leg in the first semi-final of the 2014 Setanta Sports Cup took place in Richmond Park this evening, when St Patrick's Athletic, trailing two nil from the first leg, suffered a crushing five one defeat against Sligo Rovers, to exit the competition on a seven one aggregate scoreline.
Ireland candidates set to feature in FA Cup Final...13/04/2014
This afternoon's second FA Cup semi-final saw Hull City defeat League One opponents Sheffield United by five goals to three in a thrilling encounter. Ireland hopefuls David Meyler, who started, and 64th minute substitute Stephen Quinn both scored for the 'Tigers' and the watching Robbie Brady, who has returned to light training, will be eager to make himself available for the final against Arsenal on Saturday the 17th May 2014.
Saturday afternoon Premiership action...12/04/2014
The steadily consistent Damian Delaney was again in Premiership action, as hosts Crystal Palace scored the only goal to defeat Aston Villa, for whom fellow left sided centre back, Ciaran Clark was also a starter. Relegation threatened Fulham and Norwich City met at Craven Cottage with the hosts prevailing through the only goal. Wes Hoolihan was a late substitute for the visitors. The Stoke City trio of Stephen Ireland, Glenn Whelan and Marc Wilson started while Jon Walters was a very late substitute, as the hosts defeated visitors Newcastle United with the only goal. Goalkeeper Rob Elliot, who played the last two fixtures, was an unused visiting substitute. John O'Shea returned to the starting eleven for struggling Sunderland who went down to a one nil home defeat by a vibrant Everton side, for whom Seamus Coleman and James McCarthy started, while Aiden McGeady was introduced from the bench with twelve minutes remaining.
Heat continues to rise in Championship melting pot...12/04/2014
There is pronounced Irish involvement in the Championship. With top two Leicester City (Sean St Ledger) and Burnley (Keith Treacy, Kevin Long) looking assured of the automatic promotion places, the contest for the third and final position continues to intensify. Derby County (Richard Keogh, Jeff Hendrick, Conor Sammon, Mark O'Brien), QPR (Richard Dunne, Brian Murphy) and Wigan Athletic (Rob Kiernan, Janes McClean), the clubs currently occupying positions three to five, have opened a gap to their challengers and appear likely to make the play-offs. The sixth and final play-off place is very much in the melting pot, with seven clubs, Reading (Stephen Kelly, Alex Pearce), Brighton & Hove Albion (Stephen Ward), Ipswich Town (Paul Green, Daryl Murphy) AFC Bournemouth (Harry Arter, Eunan O'Kane) Nottingham Forest (Simon Cox, Andy Reid), Blackburn Rovers and Watford (Sean Murray, Tommie Hoban) holding realistic chances of securing that crucial sixth position.
Airtricity League series seven action on Friday evening...11/04/2014
Their four one victory at UCD enabled Dundalk to climb to the summit of the Airtricity Premier Division as Cork City were held to a one all draw by struggling Sligo Rovers in Turner's Cross this evening. Richmond Park hosted the clash of Dublin rivals St Patrick's Athletic and Shamrock Rovers with the hosts prevailing with the only goal. Derry City defeated Athlone Town by three goals to two in the Brandywell, while Bohemian went down to the only goal from Limerick in Dalymount Park. The programme was completed in United Park where Drogheda United were surprisingly defeated two nil by Bray Wanderers.
Irish interest in Under 21 League Cup Final...10/04/2014
The first leg of the Under 21 League Cup Final between Manchester City and Reading took place in the Etihad Stadium this evening and ended in a three two victory for the hosts. Goalkeeper Ian Lawlor was on duty for the hosts and at 6' 4'' offered a commanding presence. While not twenty until October, the Dubliner may well be summoned to the U21 squad which will complete their 2015 UEFA Championship campaign against Germany in Halle next September. Visitors Reading had Irish teenage hopefuls Shane Griffin and Pierce Sweeney in defence while fellow defender Sean Long together with midfielder Liam Kelly were on the substitute bench. The second leg is set for the Madejski Stadium on Saturday 19 April 2014.
Day of destiny for U19 Women in Elite qualifiers...10/04/2014
Ireland's U19 Women defeated Turkey in their final Elite Qualifying Group Five contest in Harderwijk, with the only goal scored by Sarah Rowe, however tournament hosts Holland beat Austria by four goals to one to top the group on goal difference. Ireland, who did not concede a goal in this mini-tournament, also qualify as the best runner-up and will contest the finals in Norway between 15 and 27 July 2014.
FAI confirm England friendly at Aviva Stadium...08/04/2014
The FAI has today announced that Ireland will face England in a friendly international at the Aviva Stadium on Sunday 7 June 2015. The match will be incorporated in the 2014/15 season ticket, which also includes the EURO 2016 qualifying contests against Gibraltar, Poland and Scotland.